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May Mindfulness Be With You

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 14, 2015

Jeremy Adam Smith finds common ground with his son in the philosophy of Star Wars.

 
  

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Free the Mind: Hope after Trauma

By Jason Marsh | May 17, 2013

A new documentary reveals the power of mindfulness and neuroplasticity. Bay Area residents can catch a screening tonight at Stanford University.

 

Five Life Lessons from “56 Up”

By Jeremy Adam Smith | March 9, 2013

The "Up" documentaries have followed 14 people from ages seven to 56—and in the process illustrated recent discoveries about the science of a meaningful life.

 

Lessons in Creativity from Caine’s Arcade

By Jason Marsh | May 1, 2012

The latest viral video sensation is more than a portrait of a cute and creative kid. It's a guide to how we can nurture kids' imagination.

 

Five Lessons in Human Goodness from “The Hunger Games”

By Jeremy Adam Smith | April 18, 2012

The plot of the new film sounds cynical. But it reveals a surprising amount about the science of human goodness.

 

Bully: The Movie Every Teacher and Student Needs to See

By Jeremy Adam Smith | April 18, 2012

The new documentary Bully tells the stories of five bullied kids—and says what we can do to help them.

 

Positive Psychology Oscars of 2011

By Ryan Niemiec | February 24, 2012

Psychologist Ryan Niemiec looks at how this year's Oscar nominees illustrate human strengths and virtues.

 

Tell Us What Movie Makes YOU Happy

By Jason Marsh | September 2, 2009
 

What Movies Make You Happy?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | September 1, 2009

Jeremy Adam Smith shares the 10 films that inspire and elevate him. What are yours?

 

Lie to Him

By Jason Marsh | January 28, 2009
 

Pop Treatment

By Joshua Coleman | December 1, 2008

How do TV therapy sessions measure up to real life?

 

Through the Looking Glass: What happens when media coverage distorts science?

By Cheryl K. Olson | September 1, 2008
 

The Mist of Panic

By Lee Clarke | June 1, 2008

How do people respond to disasters? Hollywood and science disagree.

 

The Powerless Parent

By David Hoyt | December 1, 2007

Supernanny sends a tough message to parents, but does it really help?

 

The Placebo Effect

By Christine Carter | September 1, 2007

Does The Secret offer winning advice … or snake oil? Maybe a bit of both.

 

Altruism in Space

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 1, 2007

What does the science-fiction series Battlestar Galactica teach us about human nature?

 

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